Wedding Photography and Photographers Shooting Weddings

Once the Yes answer is given after the important question has been asked, it all begins. The bride will start with a semi scrapbook. Maybe she already has one, one she started as a little girl. Maybe she will only start one now. But from that day forward all she thinks is Wedding. They both decide on a wedding Venue, then comes the theme. That includes the colour that goes with the theme, the flowers, the place-mats, the gifts and everything else from there on out. Half way through all the decisions they come to realise that they haven’t decided on a photographer and what about a videographer. This is where most of the couples fall short. They have forked out so much money already for all the other things that they need, they have to cut back on the photography.

There are many photographers all over the country. It’s an industry that has just blown out of proportion. Every person that can afford a camera has bought one with some lenses they hardly know what to do with and they have become a photographer. I do admit there are some amateur photographers that really have the gift to create some amazing shots but then you get some that are really giving photography a bad name. The two most important skills a photographer needs is creativity, ‘ to make a shot his own’, and business skills. Especially a wedding photographer. Business skills is a very important aspect of a lucrative business.

Most couples decide on a wedding photographer according to their price, because at this stage of the wedding planning, the cash flow are running low. Now not all low-priced photographers are bad but you do get them and it is of utmost importance that the wedding couple take time to look at the photographers portfolio. Each photographer has his/her own style and that style needs to fit into your theme planned for your day. A photographer can’t be chosen for its price but has to chosen for it’s style. As a bride you do not check the internet for a wedding planner and find one that is 50% less than the rest and just say, yes lets do that, without speaking to them and checking if they can accommodate your theme, the one that you have decided on.

At the beginning of planning a wedding, while you are writing everything down you need to realise that it will only be one day and then it is all over. The only thing that you will have after that day to remember the day by is your photo’s and your video. That is where you can make or break your day. When you decide on a low-priced photographer, without a good look at the portfolio, speaking to the photographer about the ideas you have and to hear what ideas the photographer has, you are making a big mistake. Once again your photo’s will be the only thing left after the day is over.

I am not saying that you should go out and choose the most expensive wedding photographer but you need to look at what they have done, speak to them and if you can get some refferals from the photographer. Word of mouth has always been the best way to go. The photographer has to be good at the creativity of the photo’s but should also be reliable. No need to go through the process of choosing the right photographer, having a great day with loads of photo’s and then the photographer messes up the memory cards or doesn’t back up the wedding and looses all the photo’s off his/her computer. Even that they can work in an editing program. This detail is not something that the photographer will tell you but it is something that somebody else will tell you.

To get back to the beginning. Photography and Videography is one of the most important aspects of ones day. Without both of them or even just one of them the day will eventually just become a blur with no other material to bring the memories back. Be wise while planning your day and if you are a photographer and you are reading this article be sure of what you are doing. This day is so important to the couple. There are a lot of things that can go wrong on a day like that, don’t be one of the reasons of something going wrong.

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Long after the last guest has left the reception you and your spouse will have your wedding photography or videography to look at when you want to re-live the joyous occasion – hopefully, that is! When it comes to planning your wedding photography or videography, the most important aspect is to have an idea of the wedding memories you want to capture. And then you’ve got to work on finding someone with the right experience and who has a personality you can work with.

This will require more than scanning the phone book or Internet to find the least expensive package deal. It’s true that you get what you pay for and if you’re willing to pay the minimum amount, you might just end up with minimum wedding photography/videography service.

Right from the beginning, realize that wedding photography and videography services will consume a significant portion of your wedding budget. Also know that it’s an absolute must to book this type of talent as soon as possible, at least 6 months to a full year before the wedding date, especially if you’re planning the wedding during the summer or holiday season. You’ve got to get a head start and although that offer from your Uncle Vinny to photography your wedding (for free!) as his gift to you sounds tempting, resist the offer. This is not the time for amateur shots.

It’s important to move at a fast pace, but never skip the background check. Checking references is a must but so is being allowed to view the prospective photographer’s images from a previous wedding assignment. Don’t rely on the quality of their portfolio which is usually a collection of the best pictures from multiple weddings. You want to view one whole wedding, from start to finish. Also check with the local Better Business Bureau as they’ll have on file any complaints made against the person or company.

A lengthy history of wedding photography (as opposed to other types of photography experience, or your Uncle’s free offer) is also a sign that the person knows what he or she is doing. Don’t assume that the person you’re interviewing brings back-up equipment and batteries – ask because equipment does fail.

When selecting the wedding ceremony and reception location, make sure the photographer has access to the shots you want to get. It’s also a good idea before the reception to delineate an area where the wedding photographer/videographer can be based; somewhere primarily for the storage/setup of necessary equipment and extra gear. Close to the music is always a good choice.

When selecting someone to coordinate your wedding photography and videography, take time to discuss the types of pictures you want taken and of whom. Know whether the person will develop the pictures and assemble them into the wedding album or if you’ll just be getting the negatives and CD. In the latter case, you’ll be the one assembling the album. That’s fine as long as it’s what you expect and know how to do.

As you can see, advance planning is crucial. On your wedding day, you want to enjoy yourself knowing that someone reliable is out there, capturing the memories that’ll last a lifetime!